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4.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 54.35 out of 5 4.35 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Professor H. W. Brands Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Early American history is dominated by engaging and iconic figures - none more intriguing than Benjamin Franklin. Chandler, balladeer, poet, printer, writer, humorist, satirist, swimmer, businessman, inventor, philosopher, soldier, administrator, scientist, politician, ladies' man, musician, humanitarian, philanthropist - it's almost easier to list the things Franklin was not than try to explain the pursuits and interests of this multi-faceted man.

In this course, you'll study with noted historian H.W. Brands, the New York Times best-selling author of The First American, which also earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Brands is a scholar who truly captures the essence of Franklin and the times in which he lived. This course examines the life of Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer's apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin's thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him to the forefront of a changing world. His contributions through inventions, scientific investigation, and political thought still echo more than 200 years after his passing. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/20/2014

    " A little long - he did live a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2014

    " Intense look at an intense figure and time in American history. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Lovell | 2/12/2014

    " Great book. Paints a complete picture of Franklin that engages the reader. A bit traditional on some of its explanations for some of the contemporary events surrounding Franklin. This is typical of your mainstream court historians like Brands. But overall, a great read! I learned a ton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cadugand | 1/22/2014

    " American history is fun to read because it gives us such an appreciation for our current situation. This book was no different. Franklin was considered a genius in his time. I had never appreciated how much he was admired even outside America, and what a complete character he was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/20/2014

    " Very detailed description of Ben Franklin. I found myself intrigued and wanting to go back in time and hang out with him for a drink. Ben Franklin- one cool guy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting book and great man. I enjoyed reading about his life -- although it was not a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/16/2014

    " Among the finest American biographies I've read. Pure pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/16/2014

    " well, that took quite a long time but i am glad that i put the effort into it. detailed to the point that it was sometimes (not too much, though) difficult to wade through. just lots of stuff that i never knew about Franklin and the birth of our nation. worthwhile but a labour of love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvio Curtis | 1/10/2014

    " This book's big strength is its size. Whether a reader is interested in Franklin's political, scientific, professional, or personal life, it all fits. The author chooses a vividly narrated style rather than an analytical one, something like a novel and even more like a TV documentary. Well-chosen tangents illuminate the historical context, so that even though I don't have the most detailed background on the eighteenth century I could still follow what was going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/9/2014

    " Brands,a thoroughly adept historian who knows how to tell a story, Is at his very best here. This is the best biography of Franklin I have read, and probably within the top three biographies of anyone I have read in my life. Highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nephi | 12/8/2013

    " It is a great book on Franklin. It should be required reading for U.S. History course. While Brands does cover his foibles as well as his feats, it gives one an appreciation for what heights can be reached by us mere humans, despite our weaknesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Sanchez | 11/22/2013

    " Who knew Benjamin Franklin was such an interesting guy? Even if you never thought so before, this book makes him so--definitely a good read that gives you a lot of insight not only into Franklin's life but into how important he was to the founding of our nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tomkeese | 11/20/2013

    " Excellent. Not only covers the life of Franklin, but gives the reader great insight into the thinking of the American people and the development of the concept of a revolution "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 11/4/2013

    " It was good, though a bit dry at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayla | 9/30/2013

    " Great book and very interesting. H. W. Brands always does a fine biography. For example, I also enjoyed his book on Theodore Roosevelt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/12/2012

    " This is an extremely good biography of a very interesting and controversial man! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Vincent | 12/15/2011

    " A fascinating look at the man in his own words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/6/2011

    " Excellent history and insights into the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/6/2010

    " There are not many historical American figures I admire more than Benjamin Franklin. A very readable account of his precocity, emergence and rise to fame as one of history's greatest inventors/entrepreneurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 10/7/2010

    " Probably the best biography I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Forbush-umholtz | 12/15/2009

    " Ben...way ahead of his time. A great look at American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Jones | 7/16/2009

    " A brilliant and extensively researched overview of the life of Ben Franklin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin | 6/20/2009

    " Excellent look at Franklin's life and times. "

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